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SAVOY – Frederic Magill Jenkins, 86, of Savoy passed away at 7:05 a.m. Thursday (March 10, 2016) at Heartland Health Care Center in Champaign.

There will be no public services. Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Fred was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in Oakland, Calif., a son of Francis and Henrietta (Smith) Jenkins. He married Shirley Howson on Oct. 20, 1956, in California. She survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy Bauer (Knut) of Urbana; three step-grandsons; three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Jenkins (Myrna) of Princeton, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane; and a brother, Tommy.

Fred served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego. He was a professor of French at the University of Illinois for over 33 years.

Fred lived a long and active life. He was an avid bicyclist, who along with his daughters Diane and Nancy, participated in the 1976 Bicentennial Ride Across America, which led to the formation of the Adventure Cycling Association. He also enjoyed tennis, badminton and growing pine trees from seedlings in his back yard.

He was the secretary of the American Association of Teachers of French for many years, and made many trips to France with his wife, Shirley.

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